Kanidoraku crab restaurant. The large buildings on the horizon are the Buddhist temples Kita Mido and Minami Mido." />

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Osaka 1890s • Ebisubashi Bridge

Ebisubashi Bridge, Osaka

Ebisubashi (Ebisu bridge) in Osaka, Japan. View towards North Osaka, taken from the current location of the Kanidoraku crab restaurant. The large buildings on the horizon are the Buddhist temples Kita Mido and Minami Mido.

The bridge was apparently named Ebisubashi because of its location on the road to Imamiya Ebisu Jinja, a very popular shrine for business people in Osaka.

Ebisu happened to be a derogatory term for foreigner in the mid 19th century. The country having just opened its doors to foreigners, the bridge’s name was changed to Eiseibashi in 1867 (Keio 3). This Political Correctness avant la lettre didn’t last long. Only three years later the original name was restored.1

Walking straight down the street across from the bridge you will eventually reach Shinsaibashi.

For another view of Ebisubashi, taken from a location on the left side of this photograph, see Dotonbori Canal.
Map of Ebisubashi Bridge, Osaka, 1877
1877 (Meiji 10) Map of Osaka: 1. Nagahori; 2. Shinsaibashi; 3. Dotonbori; 4. Ebisubashi


1 Nagasaki University Library, Database of Old Photographs of Japan. Retrieved on 2008-02-16.

Photographer: Kimbei Kusakabe
Publisher: Kimbei Kusakabe
Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number 70416-0003

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Duits, K. (2007, November 22). Osaka 1890s • Ebisubashi Bridge, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2021, Jun 19 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/42/osaka-1890s-ebisubashi-bridge

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